The Leader of Locals Helping Locals

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Organization : Chasin A Dream Foundation

Name : Lori Griffith

Years of being in the health care industry opened Lori Griffith’s eyes to the little “warriors” bravely fighting life-threatening illnesses. She saw a need to make a tangible difference in the lives of sick children in the local area, while simultaneously connecting and involving her local community in their care and support. She wanted to create a charity with full transparency about how and to whom the money, resources, donations and support were being utilized and base it on the premise of “locals helping locals.” Thus, Chasin A Dream Foundation was started.

It is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing individualized, life-changing assistance to families with children battling various illnesses, including cystic fibrosis, cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses.

Griffith recently started the Hospital Backpack Program. Each backpack is customized and contains items to help pass the time and bring kids comfort, including an iPad. Through the foundation, many children are publicly highlighted via the website and social media so the community can support and follow them through their diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Griffith’s goal is to ease the burden of the financial cost of health care for families with sick children and support them so they aren’t alone. You can support these “warriors” at upcoming events like Pumpkin Fest at Harbourside Place on Oct. 20, and the fashion show and luncheon featuring many of the children they assist at Mirasol Country Club in March 2019.